Theoretical knowledge is better than practical knowledge

December 5, 2017, 11:38 am

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The debate "Theoretical knowledge is better than practical knowledge" was started by Mac on December 5, 2017, 11:38 am. By the way, Mac is disagreeing with this statement. 1 person is on the agree side of this discussion, while 5 people are on the disagree side. There needs to be more votes to see what the common perception is. It looks like most people are against to this statement.

Nemiroff posted 1 argument to the agreers part.
Mac posted 3 arguments to the disagreers part.

Nemiroff agrees.
Mac, fishermo20, victoria and 2 visitors disagree.

there is something to be said for practical learning. you can explain something to someone and they might remember it, but if they have to do it for themselves they are much more likely to retain it.

in a primary or secondary school setting this is important. and if that is all we are talking about you might have a point.

but like nemiroff said, all new boundaries we cross require ALOT of theoretical work. if we relied solely on practical knowledge we would likely still be bashing each other over the head with rocks. theoretical thinking is critically important for humanity's success and continued survival.

6 days, 2 hours ago

Knowledge is something to be acquired and not to be divided between practicals and theory.

Knowldge is Knowledge.

You cant have practicals on atoms or nucleus or even microscopic ( sorry to say tbh not even microscopic) viruses.

Similary, practicals are way too important in biology to understand the T.S. slides of cells and tissues, etc.

Practical knowledge + Theoritical knowledge = True Knowledge.

PS : Im not a spectacle wearing nerd. And yep, I do play PS 4.

6 days, 3 hours ago

if buff is right, I would still disagree.
would practical knowledge be the better way to gain knowledge or simply the easiest way to get incomplete knowledge?

If you understand the theory, the practical knowledge just falls into place. without the theory, your just brute memorizing steps without much understanding.

6 days, 3 hours ago

so your argument is about the best way to gain knowledge, not about what knowledge is better?

6 days, 3 hours ago

There is this SECMOL a organization which came up with a plan of educating children in a new way. They started educating them by giving them knowledge practically. And with this they also found that even the children who are poor in studies we able to understand things properly. In that people come across the whole world to share there knowledge with the kids and also try to gain some knowledge from them too.
When you give information practically a person gets interested in it makes him involved and also understands the things easily.

6 days, 4 hours ago

When you work on something it will be done both practically and theoretically. But when you want the students to understand the theory then the practical method obtained is better than the theoretical method

6 days, 4 hours ago

practical knowledge is definitely more useful (which is what makes it practical by definition), but theoretical knowledge is the source. example: almost 100 years ago we developed the theoretical knowledge of quantum mechanics. now, because of the theoretical knowledge we can apply it practically to spray transistors using wavelengths allowing more computing power to fit in our pocket then we could have imagine only a decade ago.

in both science and medicine, the smart people work on practical (applied) fields to bring innovative products to market, but the geniuses work in theoretical problems that will inspire innovative products for decades to come.

besides. how can you be practical if you don't understand the theory?

6 days, 4 hours ago

Practical knowledge is better than theoretical knowledge because when see things practically we understand things soon and gain experience, it remains in your mind for longer time.
Whereas In theoretical knowledge you mainly people mug up things and if they try to understand it takes a lot of time and the person can forget those things soon.

6 days, 5 hours ago
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